Date: 4/12/17 10:26 am From: Linda Fink <linda...> Subject: [obol] ditto on Fox/Song Sparrow confusion
I am so glad others had trouble with this. I started birding regularly in college in Illinois. When Johnny and I first moved to Oregon in 1969, we met other birders in the Salem area, went on a Christmas count, and gave a large number of Fox Sparrows and no Song Sparrows in the wrap-up. Some very kind lady came up and asked if the sparrows were all in one group or single. I said single here and there. She just smiled and thanked me. It was years later I learned that all those sparrows that I thought were Fox Sparrows, were really Song Sparrows. It's reassuring to know that others have made the same mistake and to know I could blame it on field guides, except I doubt I ever consulted one because I *knew* what Fox Sparrows looked like, for goodness sake. Except I didn't.
Linda Fink, who has made many more mistakes since then... --